21 January 2011, 11:23
The Church urges to form Russian domestic and foreign policy on the country's originality
*** "Core importance" of Russian people and Orthodox world outlook shouldn't be left out
Gorki, January 21, Interfax - Russia should not be afraid to follow its own original way in history, the Russian Church official believes.
"We have wonderful models of the countries that despite criticism go on following their own way in history: it's Great Britain, countries of Arabic world, Switzerland and Israel. They've displayed political will that make others respect them and I am convinced the same will be with Russia," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said at a meeting of the Russian Public Chamber with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
According to him, citizens of Russia "shouldn't repeat previous mistakes, we shouldn't be ashamed to be Russians, to be Orthodox. We shouldn't be ashamed to be Muslims, Tatars, Chechens, Dagestanians as well. We shouldn't be afraid to be ourselves."
"It seems to me that all attempts to create unified "uniman" have failed. Even if such "unipeople" are created, they will be deeply unhappy, the whole human history proves it. Only true people with their traditions, world outlook, lifestyle cooperating with each other can create truly healthy and harmonic society," Father Vsevolod stressed.
He urged to think over "how to make traditional, indeed eternal national values capable to mobilize people for a heroic deed, for great achievements," and pointed out that "a Russian man and representatives of all peoples living in Russia can give themselves only for the sake of great goals."
"The goal can be the boldest. Why don't we set such task to young people as to make Siberia and the Far East an independent center of electronic world!" Father Vsevolod gave an example.
According to him, Russia is rich with its national diversity "and each nation living in it needs attention of the state and the whole society," and each nation can have a possibility to develop their traditions, culture, language, world outlook.
"I wish people could dance lezghinka (the Caucasian dance which some Chechens keep dancing in Russian cities today irritating Russians - IF) and celebrate their national and religious feasts - of course observing laws and norms of decency, when and where it is appropriate for surrounding people. In this case, I am sure that people will always positively embrace our cultural riches and rejoice with joys of those who live beside them," the priest stressed.
At the same time he urged not to leave out "core importance" of Russian people and Orthodox world outlook, Orthodox culture that "formed us as a nation and state." The speaker reminded that first spots of education, culture and thought in Russia were monasteries and churches: art, music, scripture "that have become symbols of Russia appeared there guiding Russian culture of 18th-19th century."
"It's not by chance that reproductions of the Rublyov's Trinity and Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God are frequent in Catholic churches of France, Belgium, Italy. These icons are not given by the Russian Embassy or Moscow Patriarchate parishes. Western Christians, especially Catholics know and respect Russian culture and awe "the light from the East" and it seems to me they are waiting for it at the times of current Western crisis of world outlook," the Church official said.